Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chevron Table Runner free tutorial with foundation paper piecing

So St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner--let's face it--everything is right around the corner!  I feel like I blink and the week is over ;)--anyway, you probably need some greenery in the kitchen to avoid getting pinched, right?  Well, you're in luck (like what I did there??), because I've teamed up with Janome to bring you a super simple tutorial for a table runner.  If St. Patty's Day isn't your thing, you can easily swap out the colors for something more suiting and make it your own.  

So pictured below are a few great supplies to have on hand for foundation paper piecing.  I absolutely love my add-a-quarter ruler.  It has a little lip that you butt up against the edge of your fabric for easy trimming.  I'm also a big fan of Cristy Fincher's glue basting tips that you can get HERE.  They screw onto the top of a regular bottle of Elmer's school glue and are fantastic for distributing just the right amount of glue to the fabric.  And some 8.5" x 11" newsprint paper--you can use standard printing paper if you don't have this on hand and don't want to make a special trip for it.  The newsprint tears away a little easier than the heavier weight printer paper, so that's why I prefer it.  And a glue stick!  The rest of the supplies are pretty standard sewing supplies.  


Foundation Paper Piecing Supplies

When you foundation paper piece, you sew on the printed side of the paper.  The fabric is secured by using a little glue from the glue stick to adhere it to the opposite side, and the elmer's glue to add another piece of fabric.  Be sure you shorten your stitch length--a good rule of thumb is to shorten your stitch length to 1.5 or smaller.  This perforates the paper enough to easily tear away later.  If you don't shorten the stitch length, you could play tug of war trying to tear the paper away once your blocks are complete!


Use a ruler to trim away the excess fabric and paper (you may want to use a rotary cutter that you designate for paper use for this), making sure you leave the 1/4" seam allowance in tact!


Visit the Janome Website for the full instructions on how to finish this sweet project!

Enjoy the rest of your week!  I know I will--as I type this, my husband has taken our 3 month old for a walk so I can have a little break :)  I love her to pieces, but my lanta--sometimes it's nice to have a minute for yourself!  Happy sewing!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Red Heart Quilt - client quilt

I recently had the privilege of quilting this gorgeous quilt for one of my clients.  The piecing is just gorgeous and the quilt was donated to a charity event/fundraiser.  I quilted the quilt with free motion hearts all over the top.  

Quilt Pieced by Debra B.
 This was such a joy to quilt--check out the close up of the free motion hearts :)



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quilted Oven Mitt Tutorial (Free project)

Yikes!!  So I'm a little late on sharing this, but it will be here for future reference ;)


Do you love a fun (and quick) project for Valentine's sewing?  Check out this sweet tutorial I teamed up with Janome to create HERE .  

This is a great project to incorporate some low volumes with a great print that you've been saving (I used Liberty of London), but you might now have a lot of! 


The oven mitt tutorial can also be customized--you can leave out the reverse applique option for a simpler finish and enjoy your new oven mitt quicker.

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Embrace the Chaos Workshop with Libs Elliott :)

Libs Elliott was the guest speaker for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Meeting!  It was so awesome to have her lecture at our meeting and present a workshop the following day.  She was such a fun guest speaker (and even did her workshop for us on her birthday!)  

Libs delivering lecture at SAMQG meeting
The workshop Libs presented for our guild was "Embrace the Chaos" and was a great way to discover some planned improv piecing.  I know I have a lot of trouble just winging it and creating something without any planning.  Libs' workshop was a really unique presentation on how to create something similar to her code method without the use of electronics.  

This is the quilt top that I ended up with (after I enlarged the blocks quite a bit)...these are 12" blocks, so it's roughly 60" x 60".


I'm waiting for a small break in my work load until I can quilt this for myself, so I'll post an update as soon as I get it finished!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Graffiti Quilting my Karlee Porter Panel


I know I already posted about attending the Karlee Porter workshop that SAMQG hosted a few months ago--but I really need to post about this as well!  Karlee has some really awesome panels that she designed, and if you haven't felt them in person, they are buttery soft.  This one is called "Explosion" (picture is from Karlee Porter's website), and if you want one, click HERE to order your own!  And FYI, this one is ginormous!  
"Explosion" printed tapestry designed by Karlee Porter (picture from Karlee's website)




I love sewing and piecing and constructing quilt tops as much as the next person, but seriously...it is so awesome to load a quilt top and not worry about the hours, days, weeks it took to piece it.  Especially when you get to skip that part entirely.  There's nothing better that just mindlessly losing yourself in a quilt while quilting.  This is my ultimate stress reliever.







The back of the quilt (Tula Pink wide back)


I haven't hung this one yet, as I haven't bound the edges, but I will update this blog post once it's finally finished.  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charity quilt for SAPD

The back of the quilt

So on my birthday this year, only five days after bringing our little girl home from the hospital from being born, I have the tv turned on to some inconsequential show to help me forget how tired I am.  A news story comes on about a police officer in San Antonio being shot and killed while writing someone a ticket.  It is really disturbing that we keep having incidents like this happen, and even more so when you just had your first child.  It's so discouraging thinking that this will be the world she grows up in--where good people who lay their life on the line on a daily basis are killed without rhyme or reason.  

The front


I am happy though, that I am part of a guild that has such a heart for charity and outreach.  I won't name the individual who organized everything and made this happen, but I am so glad she did.  This is one of the quilts that was put together by members of the San Antonio Modern Quilt guild for the officer's surviving family members.  I really felt priveleged to have a hand in this (even if all I did was the quilting--check out the appliqued back!).  I hope that the family is brought some small measure of comfort, or even feels a little appreciation for what their family member worked for.  And hopefully the good that people do will overpower the wicked people in this world. 

meandering heart quilting



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine's Day Oven Mitt Tutorial

Are you looking for a great project to showcase that one print that you may not have much of? 


Check out the tutorial that I teamed up with Janome to bring you by clicking HERE!  I know that I just love Liberty of London prints, but gosh...they're pretty proud of them, am I right?  It's not often I spend $40+ per yard on fabric...but I will admit to purchasing a couple of "swatches" from fabric.com for a few bucks a piece.  I could almost never bring myself to sew with them, especially considering each piece that I had was less than a fat eighth...hello...!  Not many patterns allow for this!  


So I whipped up this cute oven mitt tutorial and thought that Liberty fabric I had been hoarding for so long would be perfect for the little reverse applique window!  


It's a great project for showcasing your favorite prints, and also for using up scraps of low volume fabrics (or any scraps, really!)

Have the happiest of Valentine's Days and take this project into the kitchen to bake up some yummy sweets for the one you love :)